Celebrating Paris Challenge

Helga Strauss, owner of ARTchix Studio, gave us this challenge on her inspirational blog: Make a collage of any size or shape celebrating the city of Paris. Then scan and post it to your blog, flickr account or website. Next, click on "comment" at the bottom of this post and leave a note with a link to your art challenge post so I know where to see it online. In addition, please link back to my blog.

Read more about this Art Challenge here on Helga's Blog!
This is what I came up with . . . please click on the scan for a larger picture.

This collage is what I would call one of my "worked on" pieces. Somewhat messy, very busy, very layered - but pleasing to me! It is about 10" x 10" but it actually started out as a much smaller portion -- the piece on the right with the two women's faces. I felt I wanted to do more, so I expanded it. I laid that small section I had done onto a piece of water color paper I had painted 2 years ago for a background and saved (the green & purple you see peeking through).

The 2 women & the Eiffel Tower, the telegram on the bottom left, the transparency of the menu in French in the middle, the words cut out (paper & transparency), and the perfume label can all be found at ARTchix Studio.

I added rubber stamping on a postal theme using StazOn inks (permanent) as this turned into a "love letters" from Paris collage. I added white pearl Jacquard paint - which I sponged & stenciled on with a doily (and then added a real doily). Old postage stamps and real buttons to compliment the ones on the Trip to France collage sheet were also added. I spritzed some walnut ink to age it a bit. The scan cuts off the edges just a bit so you really cannot see the whole thing, but I ran a gold metallic marker around all the edges.

I am not a huge fan of Paris per say, although I have never been there. But I chose to take Helga up on her challenge anyway, because she always makes me stretch and try things I would not be trying if she did not suggest it! I really love the challenges, love flexing my creative muscles and making things. It is not a requirement of Helga's, but I also cannot help but work with some of the many yummy artchix studio goodies that I have on hand when I participate.
Thanks again, Helga!